Yaya Toure, Ice Prince, Davido Shortlisted For 2014 Future Africa Awards

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Ivory Coast and Manchester City midfielder, Yaya Toure, and Nigerian music stars Ice Prince and Davido are among the nominees for this year’s The Future Africa Awards.

The nominees’ list, comprising five individuals across 10 categories, was released Tuesday by the Central Working Committee, CWC, of The Future Africa Awards and Summit, TFAAS.

While Toure, 31, and Ice Prince, 27, were nominated in the Entertainment category, Davido Adeleke (Davido), 21, was nominated for the African Young Person of the Year.

“After last year’s process, where only the Young Person of the Year was Africa-wide, for the first time in the nine year history of The Future Africa Awards, this is the first time that the entire awards have been drawn from across the continent,” said Mohammed Diaby, from Abidjan, who is a member of the CWC.

“Their profiles are available on www.thefutureafrica.com/awards and then judging process begins immediately with the jury, including the Board of Judges and the Independent Audit Committee,” Mr. Diaby added.

Members of the jury include such distinguished Africans as Kajta Schiller Nwator, Leadership Development and CSR Manager, The Tony Elumelu Foundation; Mohammed Sy, Founder and Executive Director of the Institut Supérieur de Développement Local, Senegal; Wendy Luhabe, Founder, Women’s Private Equity Fund.

Others are Tonye Cole, Executive Director, Sahara Group; Ndidi Nwuneli, Founder, LEAP Africa; Mo Abudu, CEO, Ebony Life TV; and Jennah Scott, Director, Liberia Philanthropy Secretariat, Office of the President.

Regarded as one of Africa’s biggest youth event, TFAAS evolved from The Future Awards this year.

The Consul-General of the United States in Lagos, Nigeria, will host the nominees to an invitation-only reception on July 31.

Here’s the list of all the nominees…

(Nominees are arranged in order of name, age, organisation and country of origin)
The Future Africa Awards Prize in Advocacy & Activism
1. Kennedy Odede, 29
Shining Hope for Communities, Kenya

2. Ola Ojewumi, 23
Sacred Hearts children’s transplant foundation and Project ASCEND, Nigeria

3. Boniface Mwangi, 29
Pawa 254 initiative, Kenya

4. Abdikadir Aden Hassan, 26
Founding member of Garissa Youth Environment Movement, Kenya

5. David Akpan, 28
UCARE Foundation Nigeria

The Future Africa Awards Prize in Agriculture
1. Eric Muthomi, 27
Stawi Foods, Kenya

2. Nomzamo Khoza, 27
Farmer, South Africa

3. Olawale Isiah Ojo, 25
Agropreneur, Nigeria

4. Charles Nichols and Samir Ibrahim; 24, 24
SunCulture, Kenya
5. Nasir Yammama, 24
Farmer, Nigeria

The Tony O. Elumelu Prize in Business
1. Zakaria Hersi, 25
StartUpSomalia.com & 4Weeks4Life, Somalia

2. Eseoghene Odiete, 24
Hesey Designs, Nigeria

3. Andrew Mupuya, 21
Youth Entrepreneurial Link Investments, Uganda

4. Ally Edha Awadh, 31
Lake Oil Group, Tanzania

5. Ashley Uys, 30
Medical Diagnostech and OculusID, South Africa

The Future Africa Awards Prize in Community Action
1. Jake Okechukwu, 26
Sickle Cell Aid Foundation, Nigeria

2. Emmanuel Olisaeloka Osemeka, 30
Social Welfare Network Initiative, Nigeria

3. Tricia Michaels, 28
Stay In School Initiative, Nigeria

4. Nixon Ochater, 23
Amani Initiative, Uganda

5. David Akpan, 28
UCARE Foundation, Nigeria

The Future Africa Awards Prize in Education
1. Best Aiyorworth, 22
Founder Girls’ Power Micro Lending Organization, Uganda

2. Regina Agyare, 30
Soronko Solutions, Ghana

3. Ogunlana Olumideand and Obanor Chukwuwezam; 22, 23
Prepclass.com.ng, Nigeria

4. Philip Obaji Jr, 28
1 GAME Campaign, Nigeria

5. Adeniyi Oluokun, 28
AccessDrive, Nigeria

The Future Africa Awards Prize in Public Service
1. Okwuone Nkechi, 25
Edo State Government, Nigeria

2. Guillermina-Mekuy Mba Obono, 32
Department of Culture and Tourism, Equatorial Guinea

3. Ahmed Salihijo, 30
Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, Nigeria

4. Lukman Jaji, 29
African Union Institute for Education Information Management System, Nigeria

5. Peterson Opio, 28
Australian Aboriginal Development Cooperation, Uganda

The Future Africa Awards Prize in Technology
1. Lorna Rutto, 28
EcoPost, Kenya

2. Jamilia Abass, Linda Kwamboka, Susan Oguya, – 30, 26, 26
M-Farm, Kenya

3. Anne Amuzu, 29
Nandimobile Company, Ghana

4. Mark Essien, 31
Hotels.ng, Nigeria

5. Joshua Okello, 23
WinSenga, Kenya

The Future Africa Awards Prize in Entertainment
1. Panshak Zamani, 27
Musical Artiste, Nigeria

2. Michael Kwesi Owusu (Sarkodie), 28
Musical Artiste, Ghana

3. Nasibu Abdul Juma (Diamond), 24
Musical Act, Tanzania

4. Ivie okujaye, 28
Actress and producer, Nigeria

5. Yaya Toure, 31
Footballer, Ivory Coast

The Future Africa Awards Prize in Enterprise Support
1. Sanga Moses, 30
Eco-Fuel, Uganda

2. Bunmi Otegbade, 27
Generation Enterprise and StrategyQ, Nigeria

3. David Oshei, 27
Dropifi, Kenya

4. Justin Stanford, 30
4Di Group, South Africa

5. Oluwafemi Bankole, 27
TechCabal.com, Nigeria

The Future Awards Prize for African Young Person of the Year
1. Kayode Disu, 31
ISEC, Nigeria

2. Joel Mwale, 20
Sky Drop Enterprises and Gigavia.com, Kenya

3. Sangu Delle, 27
Cleanacwa, Ghana

4. Alengot Oromait, 22
Member of Parliament, Uganda

5. David Adedeji Adeleke (Davido), 21
Musician, Nigeria


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  • Okechukwu Ononaeke

    An Hausa woman in the same camp with our own very dear Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie! I hope Boko Haram is not listening!

  • True Nigerian

    Well done! Brilliant critique from a brilliant woman!

    I know a pastor who has repeatedly slept with nearly every lady that is a church worker in his ministry. The whole church knows it. His wife knows it too. It is so bad that sometimes his wife simply sits down and cries all day in the church, looking miserable, depressed and utterly humiliated. In fact, on one Sunday morning, she was crying openly in the congregations whilst the church service was going on in the church. She then stood up and left and went out to cry even more profusely and brokenly. No senior member of the church could ever deny that they don’t know the rampant illicit sexual affairs of oga “man of God”. It was so well known outside their own church to the extent that one of the reasons I left my own church was that my own pastor came in one Sunday morning and was boasting about his new found anointed friendship with that “habitual sexual cheat and serial adulterer”. Over the few weeks that followed, my own pastor repeatedly mingled and swaggered with this squalid character. And I just looked at myself and reminded myself that Jesus is the author and finisher of the faith, not these self-promoting salesmen who are speedily replacing Jesus in the hearts and minds of men with what they want us to believe him to be rather than what and who he is. In my usual way, I left the church without even giving anybody the honour of praying for me as they had often tried to indoctrinate us into believing that they must pray for you in order for you to do well when you leave, as if they encourage you to go and get the permission of the churches from where they get the new members to for their won new ministries . Hahaha! I am doing really fine!